In a ceremony held in Oslo, command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) was transferred to Commander Henning Knudsen-Hauge of the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Denmark’s outgoing Commander Peter Krogh had led the group for a 12-month planned rotation which began in January, 2019.

NATO say that over the last twelve months, 16 ships have contributed to SNMCMG1, patrolling the waters of Northern Europe.

“SNMCMG1 ships provided NATO with a constant presence in the North to re-assure Allies and deter any potential aggressors; monitored NATO’s sea lanes contributing to maritime security; routinely trained with Allies and Partners, including participation in several large multinational exercises and numerous individual training opportunities, enhancing Allied interoperability.”

“All nations that contributed ships and personnel to Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One over the last year have shown outstanding dedication to NATO’s mission in the North. The achievements over the last year speak highly for Denmark, Commander Peter Krogh and his team, to which we express our greatest appreciation. I look forward to working with Commander Henning Knudsen-Hauge, another highly capable officer that I am sure will continue the outstanding efforts in NATO’s mine countermeasures mission over the next six months,” said Commodore  Morang.

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Excellent work which does seem to slip under the radar somewhat, keeping our sea lanes and shipping safe.

Keep up the good work you undoubtedly do on all our behalfs.